Hint and tips to add texture to Calligraphy.
Have you ever wanted to create your very own Christmas Card, and just though that your calligraphy skills just have the texture to create a professional looking card? This article will give you some guidance on how to create a layered and textured calligraphy so you can give your friends and family a personal, and stylish seasons greetings.
Tip One – Base Coat
Cover your paper in a white Gesso before doing anything else. Gesso is used as a primer coat, that prevents the fibres of the paper absorbing your ink. As your ink is still sitting on the surface of the paper, you can correct the calligraphy easier via the use of water. It also makes it easier for you to layer calligraphy. The white gesso also primes the card for any colour or illustration that you want to work into it. Giving you a great start if you want that message embedded in snow.
Tip two – Use a Variety of Tools
You can add texture to calligraphy through using tools. Sandpaper can be used to distress the gesso paint making the calligraphy look like an older piece of work than it is. This is a fantastic technique to use if you’re going to include gold-leaf and do a more traditional Christmas card. You add texture by using stamps, stencils, bottle caps, embossed paper or tissue paper. Applying these to your work whilst the paint is still drying will leave a textured effect. This is a great way to create indented snow patterns in the sky.
Tip Three – The Method of Writing
The usual method of writing calligraphy is with a calligraphy pen. A great way to create a textured finish is by using white ink on top of the colour you have painted on the card. This makes it look like your message is indented. You could also fashion your own calligraphy nib from something else. I have personally used Basal wood nibs to add texture to calligraphy. Experiment – create all manners of material nibs to feel the text that they give to your work. Just be sure that whatever you use, you use it lightly as you will be more likely to catch the nib in the textured paint than you would smooth paper.